Hazardous Chemicals in Labs

Chapter 296-828, WAC

Effective Date: 4/1/06


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This Chapter applies to the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals. To determine if this Chapter applies to your workplace, use Table 1, Chapter Application.

IMPORTANT:

  • When your laboratory operation is covered by this Chapter, and you use any of the substances in Table 2, the following applies with the exception of formaldehyde use in histology, pathology, and anatomy laboratories.  In histology, pathology, and anatomy laboratories you must follow the requirements in chapter 296-856 WAC, Formaldehyde.  This chapter applies to all other formaldehyde laboratory uses as defined in Table 1:
    • - The exposure limits and any requirement protecting employees from skin and eye contact in the rules listed in Table 2 will still apply.
    • - Where the action level (or where no action level exists, the permissible exposure limit) is exceeded for a substance listed in Table 2, the exposure evaluation and medical surveillance requirements in the substance rule will still apply.
    • - You aren't required to meet other requirements of the substance rule.
  • To get the permissible exposure limits (PELs) for hazardous chemicals used in your laboratory, see Chapter 296-841 WAC, Airborne contaminants.

Table 2
WISHA Regulated Hazardous Chemicals

2-Acetylaminofluorene

Acrylonitrile

Alpha- Naphthylamine

4-Aminodiphenyl

Arsenic (inorganic)

Asbestos

Benzene

Beta- Naphthylamine benzidine

Beta- Propiolactone

Bis-Chloromethyl ether

Butadiene

Cadmium

Coke ovens

Cotton dust

1, 2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane

3,3'-Dichlorobenzidine (and its salts)

4-Dimethylaminoazobenzene

Ethylene oxide

Ethyleneimine

Formaldehyde

Ionizing radiation

Lead

Methyl chloromethyl ether

4,4' Methylene bis (2 - chloroaniline)

Methylene chloride

Methylenedianiline

4-Nitrobiphenyl

N- Nitrosodimethylamine

Vinyl chloride

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